Fascinating to see how the Governments new slimmed down planing laws are being tested in practice. It's a bloody free for all for the housing developers, I sympathise with anyone who has a house overlooking a peaceful field as lozster says.
Planners are generally an affable reasonable bunch aren't they? TV wise, just as well they get the necessary colourful characters from the Councillers, applicants and protesters!
I think I'm with the planners on the scottish house. Lived near there and neither the house nor restoring the parkland would have meant that the countryside would be any more accessible to the public.. if anything I'd think it would be more restricted. Houses like that don't fulfill a local housing need either